Highest Math Prize Goes to Woman for First Time
An Iranian-born Stanford Univ. professor is the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others at a meeting in Seoul.
The prize and $13,700 is awarded every four years to mathematicians 40 years old or younger. It was established in 1936. Mirzakhani, 37, won for complex theoretical math on the symmetry of curved surfaces, including spheres and even doughnuts.
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